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Scientists at Oregon State University and China's Peking University plan to use part of a $12.4 million grant to study the impact that the burning of fuels like coal and biomass as well as the smoking of meat may have on the health of Chinese and U.S. residents. The research will help determine the cancer-causing potential of certain air masses and where they came from. Funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the work will focus on air pollutants called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Scientists will collect air samples from Beijing, China; Okinawa, Japan; Portland, Ore.; Oregon's Clackamas County; Mount Bachelor; and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
Students finishing grades 4 through 7 and their families are invited to experience 4-H summer camps in action Saturday, May 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. during an Open House at the 4-H Center near Salem.
Oregon State University has launched research to study the factors that influence dairy cows' comfort level. To do this, the OSU dairy center is using an Israeli-made ankle bracelet that senses when a cow is lying down by determining the angle of her leg to the ground. The device, which is made by SAE Afikim, also works as a pedometer that can help detect when a cow is in heat.
The Web site, " Tough Times in the Woods," contains links to several funding opportunities for forest sector businesses and projects, including the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 and Oregon’s strategy for funding projects. Among the information available on the Web site are links to accessing cost-share funds for private landowners, bidding for funded projects, identifying carbon and biofuel markets, and marketing through the Oregon Wood Innovation Center.
The public is invited to attend the seventh annual Earth Day Hoo Haa on a student-run organic farm on the outskirts of Corvallis on April 22. The festivities, sponsored by Oregon State University's Organic Growers Club, will take place from 3-7 p.m. Attendees will be able to plant vegetables, tour the farm, check out an electric tractor, and get tips on how to preserve food. They'll also have the opportunity to listen to music and poetry, decorate squares for a quilt, and see how chickens in mobile coops are used to till the earth.
The OSU Extension Service has posted a statewide study of sustainable agriculture online and created a space on the website to allow Oregonians to comment. The report is available online. The comments will gauge potential for establishing a new program to help the agriculture and food business communities meet sustainability standards.
Laurent Deluc’s work will be aimed at improving the quality and performance of grape vines and enhancing both grape and wine quality. Trained in France, Deluc is an expert in how genetics influence development of grape quality and how grape plants respond to environmental stresses.
The Oregon State University Extension Service and Portland State University are teaching six-graders at Lane Middle School in Portland how to grow food at a nearby garden. Taught by PSU graduate students, the children spend 1 ½ hours a week at the Learning Gardens Laboratory, which is across the street from their school. Topics include how to design a garden, grow and identify plants and make compost.